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Health Watch: Long term heartburn sufferers are turning to surgery

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

It's estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month. But for some folks, heartburn becomes chronic, known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

Evan Hoops of Harris County sought surgical relief for his persistent heartburn, a battle he had been fighting for eight years.

Over-the-counter products like Zantac and Prilosec no longer worked for him. After laparascopic surgery in March, Hoops says he's had no more heartburn.

"Haven't had an eyelash of a fly amount of acid reflux. No complaints, sleeping easy after eating spicy foods," said Hoops.

Dr. Andy Roddenberry with the St. Francis Center for Surgical Care says the surgery isn't for everyone. Many doctors call it a last resort. There are requirements for surgery, the main one being a body mass index of 29.

You have to maintain your weight after surgery for success.

Dr. Roddenberry says long term reflux can promote a condition of the esophagus called Barrett's Esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer.

 

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